High school: been there, done that! Now you’re ready for College!
Today I want to share with you my starter kit, just the best books (and a few other online resources) that you could use during your college years.
How to Graduate Debt Free, by Kristina Ellis
Going to college can be a huge financial commitment. Kristina Ellis -author of Confessions of a Scholarship Winner– will share the best strategies to pay for college and #notgoingbroke!
Pre-college actions, financial aids, scholarships, the best schools and majors that pay off, and everything else you need to know to make your college experience worth it.
Anyone Can Get An A+. How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, by Geetanjali Mukherjee
Anyone Can Get An A+ is a down-to-earth, honest guide for students on how to maximize their learning and get good grades.
Based on research on principles of psychology and neuroscience, Anyone Can Get An A+ will teach you:
- how to prepare for exams
- how to overcome procrastination and use your time wisely
- how to write a paper painlessly
- how to organize your time and study schedule
and many other useful tips and techniques.
Geetanjali Mukherjee is not selling you the magic pill, but strategies that work!
Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, by Kate L. Turabian
Writing your first college paper can turn into a nerve wracking experience, but there are some key skills that will facilitate the process. This book is a must-have!
Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, “Writing Your Paper,” guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures. Part 2, “Citing Sources,” begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work. Part 3, “Style,” covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers.
Campus Politics. What Everyone Needs To Know by Konathan Zimmerman
Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences. Such a wave of protests hasn’t been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s.
In Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jonathan Zimmerman breaks down the dynamics of what is actually driving this recent wave of discontent. After setting recent events in the context of the last half-century of free speech campus movements, Zimmerman looks at the political beliefs of the US professorate and students. He follows this with chapters on political correctness; debates over the contested curriculum; admissions, faculty hires, and affirmative action; policing students; academic freedom and censorship; in loco parentis administration; and the psychology behind demands for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” He concludes with the question of how to best balance the goals of social and racial justice with the commitment to free speech.
Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book)
The Roommate Book, by Becky Simpson
Author/illustrator and expert roommate Becky Simpson uses her optimism and sense of humor to highlight the advantages of having a roommate and how best to enjoy these shared years of modular furniture, crockpot meals, and binge-watching Netflix. For high school graduates going off to college and new adults leaving college, this book is essential.
The Roommate Book is all about celebrating this short season of life. It’s the time between parental curfews and settling down with a significant other. It is for the single and proud, silly and crafty, witty and thrifty. It’s a non-serious look at how to live with a friend (or total stranger). Nuggets of wisdom are included, but so are comical pie charts, hypotheticals, illustrations, and brief essays. This book invites passersby to thumb through and stay a while.
Blogs You Should Follow
I also want to share with you some of my absolutely favourite blogs for college students:
- Broke Millennials, started by Erin, who found herself in this situation at 25 after she graduated from college. Now, she is learning how to be financially literate and is sharing what she learned with others. The great thing about her site is that she tells funny stories and is pretty sneaky about getting financial lessons in.
- Making Sense of Cents, founded by Michelle, who shares her story about graduating with almost $40,000 in student loan debt, and then side hustling her way to paying it off. Her story is incredibly inspiring, both on where she has been with her finances, as well as what she is doing today to support herself.
- TeensGotCents, created by Eva Baker to inspire other teens to make savvy financial choices early on in life, and that being smart about your money can be fun as well. On her site, you will find resources for high school students and college bound teens -from saving for college, to finding volunteer work to beef up your college applications, to fun ways to save money.